Californian secessionist groups are watching Catalonia’s failed succession attempts closely, hoping to point out to their supporters why California has a better chance for success than Catalonia.
Thanks to laws which attack businesses, Californians are leaving for other states in droves. We reported on it here. If California decides to take succession efforts seriously, the exudes will grow and Californians will flee in even greater numbers.
Incredibly, Californian secessionists look on their agenda with optimism, thanks to recent efforts in Catalonia for succession from Spain.
Spain has told Catalonia to drop its efforts for independence or face violent consequences.
Spain’s constitutional court told Catalonia that a “vote” wouldn’t be recognized by its government. On October 1st, Catalonia held a vote anyway. Spain has already started some effort to shut down the succession movement by sending in police to break up protesters and shut down the illegal vote.
We should expect more militaristic actions from Spain if the secessionists continue to refuse to cooperate, but Catalonia’s efforts for succession will likely fizzle out before it comes down to civil war.
The Californian Freedom Coalition, which head the minority attempt for the Golden State’s succession, doesn’t look to Catalonia’s failure as a warning. They think California’s succession is more plausible.
But the outcome would be similar. Even if more than a minority of Californians supported succession, the U.S. Government, obviously more powerful than one of its states, would crack down on any attempt at succession it saw as more than a little joke that gathered some support online.
The Sacramento Bee reports:
The California Freedom Coalition, the campaign that has taken the lead in the effort to break California off from the United States, sees similarities with Catalonia’s secessionist movement. But there’s an important caveat: they believe California has more legal tools at its disposal, creating an easier path to secession – if that’s what Californians decide they want.
“There are definitely similarities in the fiscal situation – we both give more than we get back,” said Dave Marin, director of research and policy for the California Freedom Coalition. “But there’s more flexibility in the U.S. Constitution for secession than there is in the Spanish one. California has more tools available to it.”
The Catalan Parliament, together with President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont, approved in September a binding referendum to make Catalonia an “independent and sovereign state.” Spain’s constitutional court suspended the process, but Catalan authorities continued with the vote on Oct. 1, prompting violence between voters and Spanish security forces tasked with shutting it down.
After a majority who voted in the referendum cast ballots for independence, Puigdemont issued a symbolic declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, but immediately suspended it to ease negotiations with the Madrid government. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Wednesday that the Catalan government had eight days to drop the bid or he would suspend Catalonia’s political autonomy and rule the region directly.
Secessionist groups in California have a number of reasons for wanting to leave the U.S. to form a small, independent country on America’s western coast.
Among them, are efforts to proclaim a “sanctuary state.” The irony is that Californian secessionists actually believe their concern should be for letting undocumented immigrants through open borders. Obviously, keeping people from leaving will be much larger problem, as it already is in the state.
A California Freedom Coalition press release reads:
The group’s initiative calls out the federal government for “arbitrarily enforcing a broken immigration system that consigns more than two million Californians permanently to the shadows.”
“California, like the other 49 states, has been built with immigrant blood, sweat, and tears, and those workers have been traditionally assimilated into communities which were already melting-pots,” said board member and political activist Cindy Sheehan from her home in Vacaville, CA. “While we are working for independence from the US, I welcome any initiative that shows innovation and separation from the oppressive systems of that country.”
Have secessionists learned nothing from Catalonia’s failure? A far greater percentage of Catalonians wanted independence than Californians. California can’t even muster up a measly majority to support succession.
Secession efforts might dwindle in California, but there’ll always be some people around with a very bad idea.
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